‘Wayne Rooney will retire a Manchester United player…if the club still want him’, captain’s agent Paul Stretford tells talkSPORT

3 Aug

Wayne Rooney’s agent, Paul Stretford, has EXCLUSIVELY told talkSPORT that the Red Devils captain is happy to end his career at Old Trafford, if the club still want him.

The England striker penned a new four-year extension deal with United in 2014, worth £300,000-a-week, tying him to Old Trafford until 2019.

But that has not stopped speculation surrounding his future at the club, especially given his slow transformation from out-and-out frontman to a deeper midfield role.

Rooney has more than once been linked with an exit after repeatedly falling out with former boss Sir Alex Ferguson, with the latest reports emerging during the legendary manager’s final season in charge.

The striker then signed the new bumper deal a year later, after David Moyes patched up his relationship with the club, though he has since been linked with lucrative moves to the mega-rich Chinese Super League and the MLS.

But, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast ahead of Rooney’s testimonial match at Old Trafford on Wednesday, Stretford insists his client is keen to retire a United player.

Stretford told talkSPORT: “The very best players who perform at the highest level will always be subject to speculation from the biggest and best clubs.

“Undoubtedly there has been speculation and undoubtedly there have been enquiries.

“But from Wayne’s point of view, he was determined to stay at Manchester United and agree a  new contacts, and that’s evident by the fact that he’s still here going into his 13th year at the club.

“Wayne has gone public in stating that he intends to see out his current contract.

“Should Man United make it clear they want him to stay beyond [2019], I think we’ll be sitting down very quickly and ensuring that will happen.”


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